Timothy Toroitich won bronze in the 10,000m finals on Day One of the 21st Africa Senior Athletics Championships.
Toroitich needed to fend off competition from Kenya’s Vincent Kipsang to finish third in 29 minutes and 11.87 seconds.
Devoid of company from World U20 silver medalist Jacob Kiplimo, Toroitich ran a solo race in a small field of 11 on the blue tartan of the new Stephen Keshi Stadium.
This was the first time Toroictich stepped on the podium of the games after years of failing at it was the country’s first medal at the Africa Seniors since the 2012 edition in Porto-Novo, Benin.
Then, Benjamin Kiplagat took steeplechase bronze and Sarah Nambawa retained her triple jump crown.
Men’s 10000m final results:
1. Jemal Mekonnen (ETH) 28:08.01
2. Belihu Berta (ETH) 29:11.09
3. Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 29:11.87
Uganda’s Medals at the games:
2012 Porto Novo: Benjamin Kiplagat -(Steeplechase bronze), Sarah Nambawa-(Triple jump gold)
2010 Nairobi: Moses Kipsiro-(10000m
silver), Sarah Nambawa-(Triple jump gold)
2006 Bambous: Moses Kipsiro (5000m bronze, 10000m gold)
2002 Rades/Tunis: Dorcus Inzikuru (5000m silver)